Extremely Average #28: Confusion and Cats

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 01-30-2010 03:00 AM 1972 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung.” -John Milton

You might have to read that quote a couple of times. It is about confusion and after I read it the first time, it confused me even more. I wonder if that was Milton’s goal. Today, I was ruled by confusion. I felt like every moment from the first light of day, until now, has been a disorganized mess. I had several things pulling me in different directions. As the work day came to an end, I started to think about today’s blog. Again confusion raised his befuddled head.

I finished the saw horses. I haven’t finished them yet. See, even my blog is confusing. I should have said, though I haven’t applied a coat or two of finish to the saw horses, I have completed the construction. I intend to apply a finish to them. I also need to decide on my next project, for without a project, there isn’t woodworking, and without woodworking, there isn’t a blog. Oh sure I could ramble on about something else, perhaps discussing changes in cheese making technology, or look into recent attempts to unionize hurdy gurdy players, or even write horoscopes for cats. (Leo: You look purrfect today, people admire you, and they want to be near you, to serve you and do your bidding…in other words, same old thing. A new ball of yarn catches your eye. Play with fuzzy ball, nap, play some more and repeat.) But those things don’t really interest me.

I also consider the possibility of just skipping a day. I could do that. What is the worst that could happen? I could go hang out with some friends at the Sports Column in Iowa City. Of course, breaking my streak of 27 days would probably make me feel awful tomorrow, lead to more drinking, and missing of another day. This vicious circle would continue for a fortnight, leading to unemployment, incredible depression, the adoption of a dozen cats (One for each sign), and ultimately the writing of catascopes. So skipping a day seems like a bad idea.

I could ramble on about being confused…no that wouldn’t work…or would it?! Damn I wish I could raise one eyebrow, stupid eyebrowus parallelus. Could I possibly be confused for an entire blog post? Has it ever been done? I could look it up on Google or should I use Yahoo. I just don’t know. I started watching the Tage Frid video, from Taunton Press, and it is marvelous. Maybe I could write a review. Nope, I’m not feeling it today.

I know what I want to work on. I want to build a router table. No confusion there. The problem is that I am torn between two different router plates. Should I choose the Rockler Aluminum Router Table plate for Group A routers or the Kreg PRS3030 Precision Router Table Insert Plate? I have also considered the Rousseau 3509. I just don’t know and I am worried about making a poor choice. They all look like they are fine quality. The Kreg is $10.00 more expensive, but it could be delivered on Monday, while the Rockler would not come from Amazon, and I have no idea how long it would take. Once I make my decision, I am going to be eager to work on the table. I can spend the weekend making the legs. I will use the same methodology I used in my workbench. So maybe I should just ask for help?

If you have built a router table do you have a recommendation?

If you have ordered stuff from Rockler, how was their shipping?

If you have a cat, would the cat appreciate having a horoscope written for him or her?

As you can see, I am still quite a mess. I will do better tomorrow. Sorry.
Here is a picture of… a dog. This is Zoey; she lives next door to my parents, and really likes it when my dad rubs her belly. She never seems confused. I admit a cat would have been more appropriate, but I well…eh.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 03:36 AM

Chaos is OK some times…

I have ordered from Rockler many times. It usually takes about five UPS days to my home in MA.

We have two cats – each of my boys choose one of them. They came from the same house and were born a few days apart in two different litters. It is one of those houses with so many cats that they really do not know how many they have. Nice people though.

The female is an amazing hunter, but maybe a bit inbred. Remember the song “Smelly Cat” from Friends? I like to sing, “Wacky Cat, Wacky Cat, how have they been breeding you? Wacky Cat, Wacky Cat, why did they inbreed you?”

The male, that we thought was a female until the first vet visit, is beautiful but odd. From a very early stage, he preferred to drink from the sink in our downstairs bathroom. He lets the water run right onto the back of his head and then licks it from the sink. He has those extra toes that look like thumbs, so I do not understand why he is not able to turn the water on and off by himself. Sometimes, the female will join him and lick the water off of the back of his head.

I think that they just might be the type for a horoscope.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 03:55 AM

For the Black Cat: (Taurus: You find that having opposable thumbs has made you the evolutionary superior to your flat mate. Sadly, your flatmate is an evil genius and way too wacky to fully grasp your own greatness. Spend some time treating yousrself to a shampoo. Avoid the cat nip.)

For the Wacky Cat (Aries: Your mind games have begun to work, the black kitty now believes he is a hair stylist, soon he will be under your complete control. You will then be able to make him do your bidding. Send him out to build an army, to complete your plans for world dominations. Act Aloof)

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 04:58 AM

Chaos, thy name is not cat. Cat is disciplined, organised, independent. Cat is not dependent on man but rather makes man dependent on her.Cat knows the importance of play while man knows only work.Cat enjoys a beautiful piece of music. Man enjoys a mindless game on the boob tube—-boob tube man tube—no wonder man is is chaos.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 07:31 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 08:35 AM

My experience is Rockler’s shipping is pretty quick (not 5 days but I don’t usually keep track).

It is possible that your notion that your ”... worried about making a poor choice” is a misdiagnosis of the situation. Which plate to buy isn’t a ‘hamburger vs steak’ choice, it’s a ‘steak vs steak’ choice which is always more difficult (unless your a vegan).

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 10:09 AM

Rockler ships very fast in the Midwest. I think they have thier warehouse in the Twin Cities. I have had stuff arrive for me in two days. If I were you I’d just make the short drive to Des Moines and go to the Woodsmith store and see what they have. I love that place!

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 10:10 AM

I have considered that. It is only about 2.5 hours from Martelle. I am starting to think that I may just order from Rockler though.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 03:59 PM

Hi Brian, thought you might like to peruse this site for your routertable needs.

Lots off stuff to consider.

Sorry, not a cat guy.

Doug in AZ.

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#9 posted 01-30-2010 06:59 PM

Brian, (or is it Ecocandle? Now , that’s confusion, too.)
Two things, I can raise either eyebrow independantly. It just take practice. Don’t let your eyebrows deny you.
And, you may want to look into this nice Veritas router table system.,43053&p=43885
There’s always another lovely router system.
Just adds to the chaos, doesn’t it?
Best regards,

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 07:22 PM


Deluxe Router Table PWW Magazine

2nd Installment Router Table Revisited PWW Magazine

Jim’s Redesigned Router Table PWW Magazine

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 11:17 PM

our cat peed on the bathroom floor yesterday.

Routers .. .don’t talk to me about routers…. No confusion there! I don’t like them.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 11:43 PM


You may call me either Brian or Ecocandle. I didn’t know about the Veritas system. It is now in the mix for consideration.


The router table you gave links to is beautiful. I fear that at this stage of the game, beyond my skill set. I think I could maybe tackle something like that, after I get a table saw and have built a few more projects. Myabe it will be my 2nd router table.

Thanks both of your.


Obviously your cat was upset at your reading my blog, as that time could have been spent paying attention to the cat. Best to read during one of the 17 daily naps.


-- Brian Meeks,

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